Adrian Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Adrian Name Meaning

English, southern French, and German: from a vernacular form of the Latin personal name (H)adrianus, originally an ethnic name denoting someone from the coast of the Adriatic (Latin Adria). It was adopted as a cognomen by the emperor who ruled ad 117–138. It was also borne by several minor saints, in particular an early martyr at Nicomedia (died c.304), the patron saint of soldiers and butchers. There was an English St. Adrian (died 710), born in North Africa; he was abbot of St. Augustine’s, Canterbury, and his cult enjoyed a brief vogue after the discovery of his supposed remains in 1091. Later, the name was adopted by several popes, including the only pope of English birth, Nicholas Breakspear, who reigned as Adrian IV (1154–59).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Adrien, German, Adriano, Allman, Marian, Gurian, Ashman, Brian

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Adrian Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Adrian name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Adrian. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Native American—North, Central, South


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Adrian Family Origin

Where is the Adrian family from?

Adrian Family Occupations

What did your Adrian ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Adrian family was Cartridge Maker (Fuser). The most common Adrian occupation in the UK was Boot Maker. 12% of Adrian's were Boot Makers. Boot Maker, Beershop Keeper and Bricklayers Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Adrian.

View Census data for Adrian | Data not to scale

  • Boot Maker

  • Beershop Keeper

  • Bricklayers Labourer

  • Cartridge Maker (Fuser)


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Adrian ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Adrian Historical Records

What Adrian family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Adrian. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Adrian census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Adrian

Passenger List

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Adrian. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Adrian immigration records

Draft Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Adrian. For the veterans among your Adrian ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Adrian military records

You've only scratched the surface of Adrian family history.

Adrian Life Expectancy

What is the average Adrian lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Adrian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Adrian in 1943 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Adrian

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Adrian ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Famous Adrian Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name